One of the designations being afforded to October is National Eye Injury Prevention Month, and as a means to observe the holiday, a new report has come out relating some important safety precautions from MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Maryland. Make sure that you’re taking some of these precautions to protect yourself from harm.
The report relates the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s finding that nine out of ten eye injuries would never have occurred if the individual in question was wearing some type of eye protection. Of course, that means that protective gear, when worn at work, must be worn in the right way. It should be suited to the task in question, whatever that is, and it should fit in a way that is both comfortable and offers full protection.
But it’s not just work areas that create eye hazards. Even your own home could contribute to an eye injury if you’re not careful. If you’re carrying out a home improvement project, dust could be kicked up and get into your eyes. The same goes for random hazards while you mow. One area you need to be particularly cautious with is when dealing with chemicals typically found in the house. Take steps to prevent splashing of these chemicals from occurring.
Also be careful if you engage in any kind of sporting activity. Goggles are a good idea in contact sports and things like paintball.